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Extra: Hollywood Suite and CBC acquire WWII doc; Curiosity partners with FuboTV

Hollywood Suite acquires No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave documentary Canadian broadcaster Hollywood Suite acquired the award-winning documentary No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave, production company Go Button Media announced on Monday ...
August 23, 2021

Hollywood Suite acquires No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave documentary

Canadian broadcaster Hollywood Suite acquired the award-winning documentary No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave, production company Go Button Media announced on Monday (Aug. 23).

CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution, meanwhile, took the worldwide rights, excluding Canada, for the documentary (pictured). The CBC will soon announce the film’s launch into the global market.

The documentary tells the story of a lost World War II ship, and how a young archeologist and the last survivor of the wreck work together to recover the ship from forgotten history, more than 70 years later.

The ship, LCH185, was part of the first wave on Sword Beach on D-Day. It helped protect the landing beaches from German attack for two weeks, until it was struck by an acoustic mine. LCH185 sank, taking all but a few surviving crew members with it. Patrick Thomas, a veteran telegraphist in the British Royal Navy who was on that ship, has lived with the memory ever since then.

John Henry Phillips, a 25-year-old British archaeologist, promised Thomas that he will find the lost, wrecked ship and see that a memorial is built for its missing crew. The documentary film follows this work.

“With only a small number of World War II veterans still among us, it is critical we help tell and record these stories before they move on from living memory,” said Daniel Oron of Go Button Media, and the director and executive producer of the film, in a news release.

Sharon Stevens, vice president of programming at Hollywood Suite, added that the film mixes history and personal testimony, and that with time running out to hear WWII stories first hand, opportunities to see a film like this are becoming rarer.

No Roses on a Sailor’s Grave was an official selection at several film festivals, and won Best Feature Documentary at the Sweden Film Awards, Best Narrative at the Amsterdam World International Film Festival, Best Director: Documentary at the Berlin Indie Film Festival and Angeles Documentaries Festival, as well as Best Feature Documentary at the Rome Independent Prisma Awards and Angeles Documentaries Festival.

The feature documentary is scheduled for a worldwide TV premiere on Nov. 11 at 9 p.m. ET.

Curiosity agrees to distribution partnership with FuboTV

Global factual media company Curiosity Inc. has agreed to a multi-year distribution partnership with FuboTV Inc., a sports-first live TV streaming platform.

Through the agreement, the linear Curiosity Channel launched on Monday, Aug. 23 for FuboTV viewers in the U.S. through the company’s Extra package, and the Curiosity Stream VOD service will roll out for American and Canadian viewers in the coming weeks.

“We are delighted to be part of the fuboTV family and contribute to their customer-centric OTT streaming service,” said Brandon Fong, senior vice president of partnerships and distribution for Curiosity Stream, in a news release. “As the leading factual entertainment service, Curiosity is well positioned to amplify FuboTV’s value proposition to cord cutters and consumers who want to know more about the world around them.”

Original Curiosity titles that will be available include Beyond the Spotlight, 4th and Forever, Doug to the Rescue, The History of Home narrated by Nick Offerman, Jeremy Jones Higher, America’s National Parks, Viking Women and Live the Stream: The Life of Joe Humphries.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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